Day/Time: Monday, May 10, 1:15 PM to 2:15 PM

Capturing Open Access Publishing Efforts in the International Journal of Librarianship by the Chinese American Librarians Association: A Case Study


  • Raymond Pun, Education/Outreach Manager, Hoover Institution Library & Archives, Stanford University
  • Grace Liu, Systems Librarian, University of Windsor


In this project update, the presenters will discuss publishing efforts and experiences on the International Journal of Librarianship (IJoL) hosted by the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), a National Association of Librarians of Color (NALoC). Since 2016, IJoL is an open access and refereed journal that focuses on research and discussion in all areas of librarianship and information science globally. Most importantly, the journal centers on global audience and connections and recent issues covered timely topics such as sustainability in libraries and artificial intelligence. This presentation will share the logistical components of setting up the open access publication, the process in quality control and management including benefits and challenges. The presenters include the Chief Editor and a Guest Editor of the journal who will share their experiences in supporting the journal as CALA volunteers and supporting the publication, now reaching its fifth year. The speakers will discuss how the journal serves as an important collaboration to engage with librarians from Asia, particularly in China. Attendees will learn more about this journal platform and its process and be engaged in discussing how libraries and associations can manage and promote and support research in open access publishing.

Poly Publishing: a choose-your-own ideals in publishing


  • jaime ding, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo


Poly Publishing is a publishing program that aims to raise visibility and enhance access to Cal Poly scholarship. In working to create an immersive, interactive digital project, this alternative approach to present and disseminate academic scholarship rethinks accessibility and assessment of such work. The system focuses on collaboration, accessible approaches, and recognition of individual’s places within structural systems, using inclusive and equitable practices to adjust scholarly publishing while centering historically underrepresented identities, perspectives, and creativity. Using past projects from the Cal Poly faculty exhibition program as prototypes, the project aims to ensure scholarship will be transformed into digital publications that integrate with current publishing systems on and off campus. By creating a non-traditional pathway for publishing scholarly research, this pilot project plays an active role in strengthening Cal Poly’s scholarly communication system, with a commitment to amplify underrepresented topics and voices.

This presentation will outline the workflow, concepts, and scholarship of the Poly Publishing program. Using an interactive choose-your-own adventure format, each section of the publishing process (content selection, digital development, assessment, and dissemination ideals) will pose a question to allow viewers to follow various paths of how poly publishing will work, leaving room for feedback and further questions. The ideas and models that the system has shaped itself from include autoethnography, open peer review discussion sessions, critical race theory, contextual citation practices, visual annotation practices, establishing common vocabularies, and more, all designed to rethink the systemic inequities that academic publishing holds.

Revising the Library Publishing Curriculum: Values, Progress, and Possibilities


  • Cheryl E. Ball, Wayne State University Libraries


The Library Publishing Curriculum, released in 2018, includes four modules on Content, Impact, Sustainability, and Policy–each with a set of instructional materials that provide a foundation in scholarly publishing for library units that may be new to various forms of scholarly publishing. Sustainability efforts for this IMLS-funded project included onboarding an editor-in-chief (in 2019) and an editorial board (in 2020), to guide and oversee the continued maintenance of and revisions to the curriculum. Following the editor-in-chief’s curriculum update at LPF 2020, this presentation provides updates from the second year of the sustainability plan for this resource. Key outcomes of this individual presentation include an overview of the work the editorial board has accomplished in the (by then, almost a) year they’ve been advising on the curriculum: a preview of their methodology for making revision suggestions; how those suggestions across the four modules raise questions about the structure and use patterns of the existing curriculum; how those questions indicate framing needs in a revised curriculum; what target audiences the curriculum hits and misses (and how to ameliorate those misses); where equity and inclusion need to be more prominently and explicitly addressed; where global outreach and other non-US library publishing units need better representation; where more kinds of library publishing units including non-academic and single-person shops need inclusion; and what baseline content is still needed to provide foundational instruction on library publishing in accordance with library publishing values and competencies (as indicated on the Library Publishing Coalition’s website). During the presentation Q&A, the editor-in-chief welcomes additional suggestions from the audience for revisions regarding content, values, structure, framing, outreach, etc. And, by LPF, the editorial board will likely have decided upon a strategy for soliciting revisions for the second edition, the process for which we hope to share.